206: Scott Wiener: New York Entrepreneur Using Pizza As A Metaphor For Life
Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Scott Wiener
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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is an entrepreneur and connoisseur of something that most of us order, make, and then simply shove into our mouths as quickly as we can.
Yes, he is Scott Wiener, an expert on the integral food source known as Pizza.
Growing up in New York City, it was very hard not to at least every now and again, end up holding a dangling piece of melted cheese and pepperoni above your mouth, whilst reaching for the next piece eagerly.
And our guest loved pizza more than most…and that was it.
He didn’t feel that his life would be linked with this Italian favourite, he just liked eating it.
But upon leaving familiar territory for college at Syracuse University, he began to realize that the way pizza was made in other areas was very much different to what he was used to.
What made the slices that he was eating at college so very different to the ones he had grown up eating?
Touring the country with rock bands throughout those college years provided perfect opportunities for research.
But yet still, he was on a path that was common place….get a job, lose a job, get another job and feel uninspired all the time.
Yep, we have all been there.
But it was in that moment of searching for the thing that made Scott Wiener come alive as a departure from his life, whenever possible he gathered some friends for pizza day-trips.
Four people in a car eating a slice at each stop until stomachs were full.
It was fun, enjoyable and he could share the knowledge that he had built up about this cheesy delight.
The only problem was that his car wasn’t big enough to fit everyone who wanted to go, so he rented a bus for a massive birthday party and invited 26 friends and family members for a day of pizza adventuring.
Six months later, he used that very model to launch Scott’s Pizza Tours.
And now nearly six years later, 1,500 tours, over 25,000 tour guests later, and an entry into the Guinness Book Of World Records he can lay back with a full stomach and say yes I am where I should be in life.
So does he ever have days when he thinks “I can’t face another slice of this stuff ever again?”
And does he now have the recipe for the worlds most perfect pizza that he can share with us all?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Mr Scott Wiener.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as:
How the process of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records occurs, and why with 800 pizzas boxes he is now the Champion of the world.
How he was never concerned about going the corporate route no matter how many people questioned his decisions.
How he found the starting of his business to be scary, but nothing like when he knew that he had to hire help to take him to the next level.
Why in his mind the strangest decisions that he has ever made have turned out to be inspired and lead him to grasp opportunities he could never have imagined.
Why it is so important that all of us review our happiness levels and if it falls lower then acceptable do something about it!
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